Chapter 2. Hooking Up with Skype
In This Chapter
Downloading and installing Skype
Establishing your Skype Name
Presenting yourself to the world with your Skype Profile
Testing your connection settings
Eliminating feedback and echoes
Making your first Skype call
Searching for fellow skypers
Setting up Skype and getting it working for you is not difficult, and you can do it using the quick steps presented in Chapter 1. Knowing about the process in greater detail, however, will help you get comfortable with Skype more quickly. That's what this chapter is for. Also in this chapter, you find out how to install Skype and create a new account; how to fill in your profile to let the world know who you are; how to find others on Skype; and, best of all, what to do to make a Skype call and start speaking to the rest of the world through your computer.
As mentioned in Chapter 1, the Web pages on
www.skype.com are constantly being enhanced. So, they may change from time to time. Don't be surprised if the Web pages you're looking at don't exactly match the screen shots in this book.
Downloading and Installing Skype
Ready to get started? First, pick up the latest version of Skype:
With your Internet browser open, enter
www.skype.comin the address line to open the Home page of the Skype Web site.
Click the Download button on the Skype home page to open the Download page.
Click the link for the computer platform that you use to download the software and then click the word Download immediately under the ...